Taylor, a vigorous footballer in the much-debated wing forward position, was an outstanding member of some strong Taranaki sides between 1910 and 1914. In 1913, Taylor had been in the Taranaki side which lost narrowly to the touring Australians. He was then selected for the All Blacks to play against Australia in the last two tests of the three-match series. After the first test, the main All Black players went off for their tour of North America. The outbreak of World War I brought Taylor’s career to an end. Taylor left New Zealand in 1915 to serve in the war, and in 1917, he was killed in action in Belgium at the age of 28.